Preview: Lumix LX3 vs D80 Low Light Shoot Out

Preview: Lumix LX3 vs D80 Low Light Shoot Out

Below 2 shots are from the Panasonic Lumix LX3 camera. I was pretty impressed by its sharpness and brightness. It was taken in a dark room, only illumination is the little sunlight coming from the window, and it’s pathetic trust me. However, the shot from the Lumix LX3 shows otherwise! The other light that is illuminating the keyboard is from the LCD screen itself. I was pretty curious as to how it will perform up with my existing Nikon D80 DSLR and the speed lens of 50mm 1.8f. However, the results turns out pretty disappointing as compared to my compact Lumix LX3 for the following reasons.

  1. Brightness
  2. Sharpness
  3. Ease of use

I mean, I only pick up the Lumix LX3, set to manual, looked at the on screen metering and adjusted the shutter speed till it shows OK! ISO was set to 200, F-Stop at 2, maximum.



Then I went on to shoot using my Nikon D80 with 50mm F1.8 mounted. That was the fastest lens that I have.
Attempting to use the same settings as my Lumix LX3. I was quite sorely disappointed. It appears that the shots are darker and less sharp.
So I thought could be due to the ISO. I rammed up the ISO. Still not sharp, perhaps my hand was shaking, I reduced the shutter speed perhaps that will freeze the movements from my hand shaking.





Still not as sharp nor as bright as Lumix LX3.



Rammed up the shutter speed and the ISO. Image is sharper, but not as bright.



Kept the shutter speed constant, but rammed up the ISO from 400 to 800. Looks brighter now, but still far from what Lumix LX3 produced easily.



Further reduced the shutter speed 1/10 to 1/20 and up the ISO from 800 to 1250. Picture looks more noisy now. Not much improvement if you asked me.




At the end, I just could not figure out why my LX3 performance is better than the D80 with the 50mm F1.8. I could only guess the following is possible.

LX3 has image stabilizer built into the body itself, thus allows a more stable shot as compared to the D80.
But being brighter than the D80 50mm 1.8 setup at almost all the settings tested is way beyond my comparison.
So does this means the LX3 is the king of dark room shooter?


~ by ymsim on 2009/11/16.

One Response to “Preview: Lumix LX3 vs D80 Low Light Shoot Out”

  1. #4 looks best tho. May not be as bright as Lumix. But the color reproduction is the most faithful. Then again, I’m posting this from iPhone.
    Everything on iPhone looks good. Lol!

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